NSC Bill gazetted as law despite rulers' call for refinement

Modified 9 Jun 2016, 9:50 am

The National Security Council Bill 2015 has been gazetted into law, without royal assent, despite calls by the Conference of Rulers for the legislation to be refined.

According to the gazette published on Tuesday, the bill was declared as assented on Feb 18, 2016, under Clause 4(a) of Article 66 of the Federal Constitution.

Clause 4(a) states that a bill becomes law 30 days after it is presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, even if the Agong does not assent.

The automatic assent kicked into force a day after the Conference of Rulers raised its concerns about the Bill.

The National Security Council Act, among others allows the imposition of emergency-like conditions in security areas declared by a National Security Council (NSC) led by the prime minister.

The Conference of Rulers had on Feb 17 returned the National Security Council (NSC) Bill to the Attorney-General's Chambers, seeking refinement.

Attorney-General Apandi Ali then said he would review some sections of the bill while Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he took note of the rulers suggestion.

The bill was passed by Parliament on Dec 22.

The government has been criticised for trying to impose dictator-like conditions in Malaysia, but Najib said such a law is required to deal with terrorism.

Malaysiakini contacted de facto law minister Nancy Shukri on the matter and is awaiting for response.

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